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BEAGLE HUSKY - XW635 - Ex-5 AEF -Where is she now

Old 6th Nov 2016, 20:54
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Damn it, I was in the ATC in the 70's, never got near that Beagle. It sure looks like a nice aeroplane! It seems I missed out twice as I never got near the AEF airline flights either.

I did manage to get a little gliding in at Kenley in Kirby cadet mk IIIs and Sedbergs. Plus a couple of Chipmunk flights at RAF Abingdon and RAF Benson. Oh well..
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Old 6th Nov 2016, 21:33
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Originally Posted by Dan Winterland View Post

The Beagle Husky is quite a good aeroplane - it's a effectively a Lycoming powered Auster. The 180HP gives it a good take off performance, but then it was power against drag and not worth thinking about cruising above 90knts. And the split flaps make it a real dragmaster and good for short strip landings.

I've also flown the Aviat Husky (which is a bit like a Cub on steroids) and the two are very similar. The yank machine has a 180hp Lycoming as well, but with a CS prop. It's got truly enormous flaps and even better short field performance than the Beagle Husky. But the British aircraft is nicer to handle.

Both would make an excellent glider tugs!
It was based loosely on the J/1 airframe and during the marketing of it, suggestions of a crop spraying variant were put forward. It was my first aircraft trip as an Air Cadet...I seem to vaguely remember that the BBMF sailed past at a lower altitude inbound to a Duxford display.
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Old 6th Nov 2016, 21:41
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Originally Posted by bobward View Post

Back to the start of the thread. I was told that 5 AEF got the Husky after (Sir) Billy Butlin either won it in a raffle, or bought it at a charity auction. Hughie Green then persuaded him to donate it to the ATC. When she was in her original blue scheme, she had 'Spirit of Butlins' in script each side of the nose.
According to a book I bought recently on the tale of woe that was Beagle, the story is that it was originally bought by the National Society for the Mentally Handicapped, raffled and Billy Butlin won it. He re-auctioned it on behalf of that charity and it is believed that the joint winners were Fred Pontin and Hughie Green, the latter donating it to the ATC.
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Old 14th Jul 2017, 22:04
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Jerry Ball - quite a character iirc.

How about a pic. Can't remember who took it, but that's me in the grey flying suit.
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